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Published on Friday 25 January 2013
Svetoslav Todorov has sensationally told Pompey: Come and get me.
The Blues goal hero is keen on what would be an incredible return to Fratton Park.
Published on Friday 25 January 2013
FOOTBALL League chairman Greg Clarke says Pompey could be thrown out of the league if the club remains in administration by June. More details here
January 20, 2013
Report January 17, 2013
Luke Dowling and John Keeley have left Pompey
Dowling, the Blues’ head of recritment, and goalkeeping coach Keeley have left Pompey and are now expected to link up with former Pompey manager Michael Appleton at Blackburn Rovers. more here
Report by Jim Bonner January 15, 2013
With many senior players leaving Portsmouth FC today, the playing squad is now smaller than it has ever been.
The squad is now at a meagre thirteen players and many of them are inexperienced. Here is a ful overview of the squad according to the official website:
So there you have it. Pompey's squad is made up of four teenagers and nine players who could leave at the end of the month. How much quality is in that squad? Not a lot to be truthful but this is the price the club has had to pay for administration.
It's no wonder that Guy Whittingham is struggling to attract players to this club to build the squad. Nobody in their right mind will want to join a team that is at its lowest ebb in generations and is almost certain to go down.
At least a former manager in Harry Redknapp has helped the cause somewhat. Queens Park Rangers youth Frankie Sutherland has signed a one-month loan deal with Pompey subject to international clearance.
The 19-year-old midfielder has captained the QPR academy side and represented Ireland at under-19 level.
It is highly likely that any new arrivals this month will only be youngsters from Premier League or Championship clubs that need experience. It might be that some of these players are borrowed again next season for League Two and so it would be good for them to have a taste of competitive football at Portsmouth.
Whoever arrives will have the full backing from the Pompey fans, even if the cause on the pitch seems futile now.
January 15, 2013
Portsmouth have confirmed that six players have left the club following the expiry of their contracts.
Michalik joined Pompey in mid-September, while the other five arrived just before the opening League One match of the season in August.
"We thank them for their efforts and wish them all the best," said Pompey caretaker boss Guy Whittingham.
League One Portsmouth have been in administration since February 2012 and are facing a second successive relegation as they are set for a 10-point penalty.
They are currently in the process of a takeover bid by the Pompey Supporters Trust and are said to be £61m in debt.
Saturday November 17, 2012 3:00 PM
League 1 Fixture
POMPEY: Andersen, Dumbuya, Gyepes, Michalik, Dickinson, Williamson, Russell, Howard, Mendez-Laing, Benson, McLeod. Subs: Eastwood, Harley, Walker, Compton, Ertl, Harris, Webster.
Friday, 16 November 2012 18:26 Scott Mclachlan
It was decided by the PST that the Share Prospectus would be shared online immediately after its final approval in order to allow those that are ready to buy a share to fill out the form immediately.
The official launch is still scheduled for Monday 19th November and everyone who pledged will be sent one in the coming week.
Download the Prospectus Here:
November 15, 2012
WINNERS: The Pompey Supporters Trust
Trevor Birch, PKF partner and joint administrator of Portsmouth Football Club, has released the following statement:
“Portpin has rejected the Trust’s offer for Fratton Park, so the sale has to be conditional on receiving the Court’s permission to sell the ground. We are therefore in the process of submitting an application to the Court.
Following this morning’s announcement from PKF, the Pompey Supporters’ Trust has revealed their delight at the sale agreement to acquire Portsmouth Football Club.The deal is subject to receiving the court’s permission to sell Fratton Park to PST, after Portpin declined an offer.
Ashley Brown, Chairman of the PST, said: “We are thrilled and proud to have signed a sale agreement with the administrator to buy and run Portsmouth Football Club. We hope to finalise the sale by Christmas, and go into 2013 with a fresh start for our great club. This is a special day for the thousands of Pompey fans who have stood by their club and stood up to be counted.
“We thank everyone for their support so far, and look forward to many more Pompey fans joining us, and being part of history, as we create the biggest community owned club in this country.”
Iain McInnes, Proposed Chairman of Portsmouth FC, added: “This truly is fantastic news and the start of a new chapter for Portsmouth Football Club. The hard work will continue during the court application process to ensure that we are in the best position possible to drive the club forward and build for the future ahead of the important January transfer window.”
The Trust is currently finalising a fans’ share prospectus, which will be distributed from Monday November 19. It will be also available at www.communitypompey.co.uk from the same day.
November 15, 2012
THE man behind the purchase of Fratton Park will be buying land surrounding Pompey’s stadium at the same time.
The land belongs to former Pompey owner Sacha Gaydamak, who has kept hold of it since he sold the club to Sulaiman Al Fahim in 2008.
But the Pompey Supporters’ Trust revealed at a press conference this afternoon that developer Stuart Robinson will be buying that land as well as Fratton Park itself.
If successful, it will be the first time since 2008 that the people who control the football club also control its car park and office space.
‘Those negotiations are happening now,’ said Ian McInnes, who will become club chairman should the PST bid to own Pompey be successful.
He also said the fight in court to buy Fratton Park from Portpin, which is the stadium’s mortgage holder, would be ‘tough’.
But he added: ‘I’m confident we’ll prevail.’
PST chairman Ashley Brown urged fans to fulfil their pledges to become shareholders and be ‘part of football history’.
To find out how to become a shareholder, see communitypompey.co.uk.
Thursday November 15, 2012
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England (map)
PHOTO: Paul Benson, striker on loan from Swindon
Striker Benson has joined from Swindon, while winger Mendez-Laing arrives from Peterborough, both on initial one-month deals, although they are expected to stay at Fratton Park until January.
The duo are set to go straight into the Blues’ starting line-up for Saturday’s visit of Doncaster.
Caretaker Blues manager Guy Whittingham has brought in a much-needed attacking options in place of Luke Rodgers, who joined Shrewsbury last week until January, with a view to a permanent move.
Benson was a key part of the Robins side who won promotion from League Two last season but has seen his first-team chances limited this term.
The Londoner started his professional career at Dagenham & Redbridge, where he scored 74 goals in 178 matches, before moving to Charlton in 2010.
Whittingham said: ‘Since we lost Wes Thomas, we haven’t had the right sort of partner for Izale McLeod and we’re hoping Paul Benson can come in and do that.
‘He has scored goals and has the know-how of playing in this league. I’m looking forward to seeing him bring that to the side.
‘I first saw Paul play at Dagenham & Redbridge a few years ago and really liked him then.
‘I have kept an eye on where he’s been since then. He was part of Swindon’s promotion campaign and he’s got a great work ethic as well.
‘That’s the type of player you need up front in this league.’
Peterborough midfielder Nathaniel Mendez-Laing has joined Pompey in a one-month loan deal, subject to FA and Football League clearance.
The 20-year-old – who will wear the number 26 shirt during his time at Fratton Park – has made four appearances for Posh this season.
Pompey’s caretaker boss Guy Whittingham said: “He’s very quick and can play on the left or right. He’s somebody with lots of energy who will hopefully excite the crowd when he gets on the ball."
Mendez-Laing joined Peterborough from Wolves over the summer and also enjoyed a successful loan spell at London Road during the 2010/11 campaign, scoring five times in 40 appearances.
He also played 11 times while on loan at Sheffield United last season and has represented England at under-16 and under-17 level.
Mendez-Laing has mostly been used as a winger, but he is also comfortable playing up front.
Saturday November 10, 2012 3:00 PM
Pompey Chimes Summary
Another poor Pompey performance against a team in the bottom 3, where Pompey rarely looked like scoring. Indeed, Pompey have not scored in any of the last 4 matches.
The Pompey Squad was reduced to 17 available players before the game due to an injury to Buzsaky.. A Further injury to Gyepes just before half-time, who up to that point had been Pompey's man of the match, leaves the squad with 16 fit players.
Today, 5 bookings for Pompey.
Pompey: Andersen; Williamson, Michalik, Gyepes (Ertl 46), Dickinson; Dumbuya, Russell (Walker 66), Howard (c), Harley (Compton 57); Harris, McLeod
Booked: Williamson, Russell, Dickinson, Ertl, Howard
Subs not used: Eastwood, Webster
Referee: Craig Pawson
Attendance: 3,280 (806 Pompey fans)Full Match reports here Pompey Live here
November 9, 2012
Guy Whittingham Caretaker Manager) + Andy Awford (assistant Caretaker Manager) November 8, 2012 to present
Guy Whittingham has been given the Caretaker Manager job with League One side Portsmouth.
Guy has been put in charge for the Saturday trip to Bury following the departure of first team manager Michael Appleton, who has bagged a job with Championship side Blackpool. Portsmouth have also lost assistant manager Ashley Westwood who has followed Appleton up the M6.
November 7, 2012
Blackpool Football Club are delighted to announce the appointment of Michael Appleton as the club's new manager.
The 36-year-old, who has spent the past 12 months managing on the south coast with Portsmouth FC, has agreed a one-year rolling contract at Bloomfield Road.
Appleton, who started his professional career as a midfielder at Manchester United, retired from the game at the age of 27 due to injury. He has since embarked on a career in coaching and previously worked with Roy Hodgson and Roberto Di Matteo at West Bromwich Albion.
Joining Appleton in the move from Fratton Park will be Ashley Westwood, who has been named as First Team Coach. Steve Thompson will continue in his role as Assistant Manager.
Tuesday November 6, 2012 7:45 PM
Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England (map)
League 1 Fixture
POMPEY: Eastwood, Webster, Michalik, Gyepes, Dickinson, Dumbuya, Williamson, Howard, Harley, Buzsaky, McLeod. Subs: Andersen, Walker, Rodgers, Compton, Ertl, Russell, Harris.
FA Cup first round
Venue: Fratton Park
Date: Saturday, 3 November Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Pompey Team: Pompey: Eastwood, Dumbuya, Michalik, Gyepes, Webster, Ertl, Buzsaky, Howard, Allan, McLeod, Rodgers
Sent off:: Scott Allan for 2 yellow cards
Verdict: a Dire Pompey performance...
Wednesday October 24, 2012
Adam Webster enjoyed a dream debut as his England career got off to a winning start. The West Wittering youngster was named in Noel Blake’s under-18 line-up against Italy this evening. And he capped the occasion by helping his team to a 2-0 success. For more click here
Pompey's FA Cup fixture against Notts County has been confirmed for 3pm at Fratton Park on Saturday 3 November 2012.
Ticket prices have been set at the following rates:
Adult - £15 Over 60 - £10 Young Person (17-22) - £10 Under 17 - £1
League 1 Fixture
Tuesday October 23, 2012 7:45 PM
Pompey: Andersen, Dickinson, Michalik, Gyepes, Harley, Williamson, Ertl, Howard, Buzsaky, Thomas, McLeod.
Stevenage: Arnold, Gray, Charles, Tansey, Dunne, Haber, Morais, Akins, Roberts, Freeman, N'Gala.
Scorer for Pompey: Harley
He will replace Jordan Obita in Michael Appleton’s 20-man squad following the young winger’s return to Reading at the end of his latest loan period. For more details click here
Saturday October 20, 2012 3:00 PM
League 1 Fixture
Pompey: Andersen, Dumbuya, Michalik, Gyepes, Harley, Williamson, Howard, Ertl, Buzsaky, McLeod, Thomas. Subs: Eastwood, Webster, Harris, Compton, Rodgers, Walker, Thompson.
Shrewsbury: Shrewsbury: Weale, Grandison, Summerfield, Richards, Morgan, Taylor, Hall, Colins, Parry, Wildig, Hector. Subs: Ward, Jacobson, Jones, Purdie, Wright, Winnall, Gornell.
Referee: Mr F Graham from Essex.
Scorers (Pompey) Thomas (55 mins) McLeod (58, 90+4 mins) ... Shrewsbury Morgan 61 mins
October 20, 2012
Jordan Obita's loan spell has ended. Full story here
TOGETHER The Pompey Supporters Trust board: associate director Eric Coleborn, former player Ray Crawford, Penny Morduant MP, Ashley Brown, Mick Williams, Iain McInnis, and trust advisor Antony Fanshawe. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (122568-2)
THE Pompey Supporters’ Trust has been named preferred bidders to take over at Fratton Park.
Trust spokesman Colin Farmery confirmed this afternoon that the trust has been named as preferred bidders – ahead of Balram Chainrai’s Portpin.
Mr Farmery told The News: ‘It’s good news for all involved. We are all thrilled about it.
‘It has been a lot of hard work and we are now in a great position to hopefully seal the deal.
‘There’s a lot of hard work ahead but this is a moment to savour.
‘It has been in the offing since this morning as we were getting a steer that was the way it was going.
‘It has been PKF driving this and we have respected them throughout.’
‘Ultimately there has been a lot of hard work to make this happen. Our core message is we want fans to turn up and support the team on Saturday.
‘As far as we are concerned this is the chance to create the biggest community club in Britiain and we want to show just how big it can be by getting the fans through the gates on Saturday against Shrewsbury Town.
‘We are now finalising the share prospectus and contacting those who have pledged, and those who have expressed an interest in buying a share.’
Pompey administrator Trevor Birch said: ‘After extensive discussions over the past few weeks, we have today nominated Portsmouth Supporters Trust as the preferred bidder for Portsmouth Football Club.
‘We will be working with the Trust, the Football League and the Professional Footballers Association to conclude the sale of the Club as soon as possible.’
THE Football League has failed to approve Balram Chainrai’s bid to take over at Pompey. According to reports, at its meeting on Thursday, the league’s board expressed serious doubts about Portpin, the company behind the bid. This could leave the way open for the Pompey Supporters’ Trust to step into pole position.Report here
However, later reports indicate that Balram Chainrai is still confident of taking over Report here
Picture: Pompey Glorious and Victorious was the headline in the Football Mail in May 1924 after the club clinched the third division title to gain their first-ever promotion in the Football League.
For more about the Sports Mail click here
Monday October 1, 2012
Pompey have completed the signing of former QPR midfielder Akos Buzsaky, subject to FA and Football League approval
The Hungarian midfielder has signed on a one-month deal, similar to the remaining senior players currently at the club.
The 30-year-old left QPR in the summer and has recently been training with Videoton in his homeland and Wycombe Wanderers, but after impressing on a recent trial Michael Appleton has managed to get him to sign on the dotted line.
Buzsaky was brought to England by fellow seasiders Plymouth Argyle back in January 2005 from Portuguese side FC Porto.
The midfielder will have to wait for clearance from the FA and Football League to see if he can feature tomorrow against Yeovil Town.
Akos Buzsaky in action for Queens Park Rangers against Swansea City
Balram Chainrai says he is willing to spend whatever it takes to get Pompey back up the league ladder.
"The club has no value in League One. Everybody knows that," he said.
"So I'm going to put money in to return them to their glories and then sell the club.
But who knows? I might enjoy it so much I won't sell it.
"I'm not reluctant anymore. I've changed my mind."
September 19, 2012
Avalon director Harry Kerr is leading a group of UK-based investors that has submitted a formal bid for Portsmouth Football Club. According to the BBC, the group, called Portco Ltd, is claiming to have shown Portsmouth’s administrators PKF bank statements totalling £6.47m as proof of funds.
Scottish-born Harry Kerr, is a Hibernian and Arsenal fan who lives in London. Kerr says: “We have been involved with this Portsmouth deal for around four months now. I am helping Portco to raise the funding required for the purchase.” This bid takes the interested parties in Pompey to five with Portpin and the Pompey Trust in advanced stages of completing their bids. Sulaiman Al Fahim and Laurence Bassini are the others with interest but remain outsiders.
The bid has been downplayed but the event can be read here
Friday September 14, 2012
POMPEY have completed the signing of Slovakian centre-back Lubomir Michalik.
The former Leeds United, Bolton and Carlisle man is expected to be on the bench for the clash with Walsall at Fratton Park.
He has penned a one-month deal with Michael Appleton’s Blues.
September 11, 2012
When asked if he was behind the deal or if it was someone he knew, al-Fahim replied: “The new bidder is one investor only not a consortium. A Pompey fan is buying the club.”
He has also assured long-suffering fans of the League One club that an announcement will be made on Thursday, 24 hours before administrators had said they would make a decision on the new owners.
“Waiting for the administrator to approval [sic] the deal and transfer the escrow account to a bank in London,” al-Fahim wrote before adding: "Wait till Thursday and you will have full answer.” Full report here
PHOTO: Fahim pictured with Pompey Fans at the Fratton End August 2009 prior to match against Manchester City
Monday September 10, 2012
Pompey legend Ron Tindall, who represented Pompey as both player and manager has passed away in his sleep in Perth, Australia at the age of 76.
The Pompey Chimes has many fond memories of big Ron and are saddened to hear of his death
'I signed for Pompey and it was all through Jimmy Dickinson.'
So I decided not to go to South Africa and ended up at Pompey instead.
We didn’t always win but everyone was prepared to just get on with the job.
Sunday September 9, 2012 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
League 1 Fixture Attendance 5,050. Pompey Fans 1,634
Result: Crawley Town 0 Portsmouth 3 (HT 0-0) Scorers: Harris (74) Rodgers (83) McLeod (85)
Crawley reduced to 9 men after 71 mins,
Ashley Harris heads the opener against Crawley Town, just 5 minutes after coming on as substitute.
Sunday September 9, 2012 Fratton Park, Portsmouth, England (map)
A GROUP of Middle East investors have lodged a £12.5m bid to take over Pompey, it has been reported.
An offer letter was sent to Pompey administrator Trevor Birch last week, according to publication Arabian Business.
The documents reportedly show the consortium has deposited AED75.058m into an escrow account on August 30, the website says.
The Pompey Supporters’ Trust may also have a part to play, according to Arabian Business, with the offer letter stating it is welcome to the group buying shares in the club, if interested.
Arabian Business says those behind the consortium wish to remain anonymous in the negotiation process.
Portpin and the trust were originally the only two offers on the table, with Mr Birch giving them a deadline of the end of the week to finalise their deals.
Friday August 31, 2012
Birch gives Pompey bidders extra two weeks
TREVOR Birch has given the two rivals to take over Pompey two more weeks because he says neither of them are ready. Report Here
Transfer Deadline Day Deals - Johnny Ertl and Darel Russell have confirmed their one month deals with Portsmouth as expected, and Josh Thompson has also signed for Pompey today. Report Here
PHOTO: Darel Russell
Thursday August 30, 2012 Full article here
BALRAM Chainrai’s company has said the Pompey Supporters’ Trust does not have the funds to buy the club.
But a spokesman for the trust dismissed Portpin’s comments, insisting that its bid was fully funded and it offered the best chance for sustainable ownership of the club in the long term.
For the Pompey Supporters Trust bid to be successful, the Pompey Chimes believes that Trevor Birch HAS to force a revaluation of the stake Chainrai has in the club i.e. Fratton Park.
"That security could be devalued by the courts if administrator Trevor Birch asks for a ruling on it's true worth."
"The administrator can force a sale against Mr Chainrai's wishes if he can prove to the court what the assets are worth,"
'Balram Chainrai could lose his £17m stake in Portsmouth'.
Saturday August 25, 2012 Kick Off 3:00 PM
League 1 fixture Kick off 3pm (GMT)
Attendance: 5,120 (about 500 Pompey Fans)
Carlisle: Collin, Simek, Robson, McGovern, Livesey, Murphy, Noble, Cadamarteri, Berrett, Jervis, Chantler. Subs: Madden, Thirlwell, Edwards, Potts, Beck, Symington, Gillespie
Pompey: Andersen, Webster, Connolly, Long, Harley, Dumbuya, Walker, Howard, Compton, Rodgers, McLeod. Subs: Obita, Clifford, Eastwood, Harris
Pompey Scorers: Harris (88) Clifford (90+2) Long sent off (2 yellow cards), Clifford booked.
24 August 2012:
The Pompey Supporters' Trust have made a revised offer for the Club, administrators PKF have announced.
The news comes a day after former owner Balram Chainrai re-entered the running to buy back the club eight days after his company Portpin announced their interest was at an end.
That decision appeared to pave the way for fans' group PST, backed by a loan from the local council, to complete their rescue of the club who remain in administration and in danger of liquidation.
Yet Hong Kong businessman Chainrai remains Portsmouth's biggest creditor and, having expressed doubts about the viability of the PST's bid, he submitted a fresh offer to administrator Trevor Birch.
However, Birch announced tonight PST have also made a fresh offer and said: "We have received a revised offer from the Trust and will study the documents in detail over the next few days.
"There will be aspects that need further clarification and we will work with the Trust to achieve that clarity before deciding how best to proceed with the Trust and Portpin offers"
Fans’ group SOS Pompey held a demonstration at Fratton Park yesterday, protesting over Mr Chainrai’s re-emergence as a potential owner.
Spokesman Carl Paddon said: ‘We just don’t want Portpin in the club.
‘They are trying to suck the lifeblood out of the club – and there isn’t much lifeblood left.’
23 August 2012:
Trevor Birch, PKF partner and joint administrator of Portsmouth Football Club (2010) Ltd, said: "Portpin has submitted a new offer and we are now reviewing it.
August 23, 2012
In a statement to Sky Sports News, Chainrai announced the return of his offshore vehicle, Portpin, to takeover talks. He declared he had moved to rescue the club from liquidation, alleging Portsmouth Supporters Trust’s near-£8 million rescue bid had been rejected.
Trevor Birch, the club’s administrator, did not respond when The Daily Telegraph contacted him requesting confirmation of Chainrai’s claims.
"We understood from the administrator that the terms offered by PST were problematic in two areas,” said Chainrai. “Portpin [is] to take action to avoid imminent liquidation of Portsmouth. We hope to finalise the transaction in the next two weeks.
"Portpin is taking this step to save the club and looks to continue to work with interested parties, including the Supporters Trust. We hope everybody, including the huge fan base, will support this [rescue] process."
Chainrai’s claims were denied by souces close to the Trust who spoke to The Daily Telegraph last Wednesday night. “Our bid has been described as credible by Trevor Birch and we have been given no reason to believe there has been any change in that,” said a source close to the Trust.
It is a remarkable turnaround of events so soon after Chainrai announced his withdrawal from takeover talks last week. That statement hit out at almost all parties involved in the club and its administration process.
Having attacked the administrator, the Trust, Portsmouth fans in general and the former players who are the club’s football creditors, there was previously little sign that the Hong Kong-based Chainrai’s interest would be reignited.
Prior to Portpin quitting talks over a 2p-in-the-pound payoff deal for the club’s unsecured creditors, agreements amounting to £8 million were struck with football creditors: players including Kanu, Tal Ben Haim and Liam Lawrence. The Trust cannot afford to meet those commitments in full, and has attempted to enter negotiations with the players over a further reduction on their compensation for terminations of contract.
Chainrai has twice owned the Fratton Park club and was claiming against the club for £17.5 million in unsecured debts in the current administration. As one of the club’s secured creditors as well, he would also likely have received £2.75 million from to hand over the stadium property to any rescue bid.
With an estimated £4 million in working capital theoretically available to the administrator, the liquidation Chainrai mentions in his statement would have had to be called by a creditor with a major claim over the club. Who that is is currently unknown.
August 22, 2012
Jordan Obita says he 'didn't have to think twice' about joining Portsmouth on loan after marking his debut by scoring a late equaliser against Colchester United. The teenage winger joined Portsmouth on a month's loan from Reading on Tuesday and started the League One encounter at Colchester on the bench.
Match Result: Colchester United 2 Portsmouth 2 (HT 1-1)
Tuesday August 21, 2012 Kick off 7.45pm (GMT)
League 1 fixture - Scorers (Pompey) Rodgers (30 mins) Obita (86 mins)
Attendance: 4,335 (1,114 Pompey fans)
Pompey: Andersen; Dumbuya, Connolly, Long, Harley; Walker, Williamson (Webster 34), Howard (c), Compton (Obita 84); Rodgers, McLeod. Subs not used: Eastwood, Djilali, Clifford, Harris.
Obita rescues point for Pompey
A late strike from new loan recruit Jordan Obita earned Pompey a 2-2 draw at Colchester.
PHOTO: Luke Rodgers Congratulated by Pompey Team mates after opening the scoring
Luke Rodgers put Pompey ahead in the first half with a well-taken finish after Liam Walker’s perfect through ball.
But the hosts hit back on the stroke of half-time, after a fabulous long-range effort from Michael Rose gave Blues keeper Mikkel Andersen no chance.
Both sides had their chances in the second half.
Pompey perhaps just edged it in terms of goal opportunities, though, with Izale McLeod unable to take a couple of clear openings, while Walker struck the outside of a post with a low drive.
Michael Appleton’s side appeared to be heading for a gut-wrenching defeat when Magnus Okuonghae rammed home from close range as he latched on to a corner just seven minutes from time.
Pompey, however, had other ideas and responded superbly moments later.
A marvellous run by Mustapha Dumbuya saw him charge down the right flank to find Rodgers, only for his effort to hit the foot of the post.
But Obita, who had only just come on following his loan move from Reading, was in the right place at the right time to tap home the loose ball and send more than 1,000 travelling fans wild.
Match Result: Portsmouth 1 Bournemouth 1 (HT 1-0)
Saturday August 18, 2012 Kick off 3pm (GMT)
League 1 fixture - Scorer (Pompey) McLeod (18 mins)
New Look Blues settle for a draw
PHOTO: Izale McLeod celebrates Pompey's first goal against Bournemouth
Pompey: Andersen, Harley, Long, Connolly, Dumbuya, Djilali, Howard, Williamson, Compton, Rodgers, McLeod. Subs: Eastwood, Clifford, Harris, Webster.
Bournemouth: Jalal, Barnard, Francis, Addison,Pugh, Elphick, Daniels, Thomas, O'Kane, Partington, Macdonald. Subs: Collins, Wakefield, Tubbs, Grabban, Arter, Cook, Zubar,
Scorers: McLeod 18 mins ; Barnard 77 mins
Pompey had to settle for a 1-1 draw in their League One opener with Bournemouth today.
Lee Barnard’s 77th-minute header pegged back Izale McLeod’s first-half opener in front of 17,703 fans at Fratton Park.
It looked like Michael Appleton’s new-look side would get their season off to a flier in a dominant first-half.
But the Cherries got back into the game late on as the Blues flagged.
McLeod’s goal after 18 minutes came courtesy of a huge gaffe from visiting keeper Shwan Jalal, as he let his 25-yard shot squirm through his legs.
Pompey should have had a second as they dominated, and McLeod missed a gilt-edged chance when clean through five minutes after the restart.
The visitors were an increasing threat, however, and got their reward for pushing Pompey back with 13 minutes left.
It looked like Purbrook youngster Ashley Harris had won it late on when his 25-yarder cannoned back off the post.
A draw was probably just about the right outcome, but there were plenty of encouraging signs from Appleton’s men for the campaign ahead.
STATEMENT FROM THE POMPEY SUPPORTERS TRUST - MAY 1ST 2012
FANS HAVE 2 WEEKS TO PLEDGE AND HELP SAVE POMPEY
- 1,000 new pledges needed in next 2 weeks
Following a board meeting of the PST on 30th April, we can confirm that we aim to begin the final stages of bid preparation for a community buy-out bid for Portsmouth Football Club from the 15th May, and so it is imperative that supporters complete their pledges prior to that date.
Initial interest in the Pre-Share offer has been strong, but more pledges are needed in the coming 14 days in order to submit a formal bid. If 1,000 more pledges from fans are received by the 15th May then that will confirm our bid as achievable.
The Pre-Share offer, launched on 30th March, was designed to see if sufficient funds could be raised from fans and local businesses to mount a sustainable and viable bid for Pompey.
12 Pompey players have already supported the PST plans with investment pledges, and the PST would like to thank the players and their families for their support.
PST has also had significant interest from donors wishing to invest sums significantly in advance of £1,000, and will soon announce the support of at least one major donor.
Pompey administrator Trevor Birch has made it clear that the club will run out of money in June. PST can only mount a credible community buy-out bid if it has enough funds to do so.
The next 14 days will determine whether the goodwill towards a community buyout can be translated into a bid for the club. If enough pledges are received to mount a bid, PST will present it to investors and members as soon as possible, and before any bid is agreed and submitted.
PST Chairman Ashley Brown commented;
' We have had great support from players and fans alike, but need more support if we are to mount a viable bid for the club. The next 14 days will be crucial. If enough money comes in to make a bid viable, we will present our plans to investors and members for their approval before we go forth and submit a bid.
Our precise targets are confidential - and we are sure fans will understand that as we go into a bidding process. We will share as much information as we can, and will not proceed without the approval of our investors and members.
It is now or never for the PST bid - and we urge fans who are considering joining us to contact us, talk to us, and pledge. Time is running out for Pompey, and we are doing everything we can to save our beloved football club '
All Media contact can be made to PST Spokesman Scott Mclachlan on 07506 45800 or this email address.
April 12, 2012 THE Pompey Supporters’ Trust has urged fans to back its share scheme after Trevor Birch’s liquidation warning. Spokesman Scott Mclachlan said: ‘The statement from Mr Birch reiterates the message that Pompey could be a matter of weeks from disappearing unless a buyer can be found.
‘The CVA is crucial as it is hoped it could deliver a debt-free Pompey to any prospective buyer and will make urgent restructuring to cut the club’s running costs easier. ‘It highlights that the trust’s pre-share issue is currently the only positive move anyone has made to save it.
‘We ask everyone to get involved in pledging to buy a share by visiting communitypompey.co.uk and depositing £100 to register your interest.’
April 13, 2012 Pompey's 12th man update here
Pompey Away Day Travel Guide to Doncaster Rovers April 14, 2012 here
March 31, 2012
The Pompey Supporters Trust are calling for all Pompey fans to help save Portsmouth FC